Dell Dimension B110

Dell Dimension B110 Budget Desktop PC
Dell Dimension B110. ©Dell

The Dell Dimension B110 desktop computer system is no longer produced by the company but it may still be found on the second hand market. If you are interested in looking for a new low cost desktop computer, please check out the Best Desktop PCs Under $400 list for currently available systems. Dell also included a monitor with this system but more new desktops sell it separately. You can check out the Best 24-inch LCD Monitors for some affordable displays as well.

The Bottom Line

Apr 11 2006 - Dell's Dimension B110 system is marketed as a basic computer system, and that is exactly what it is. This will handle basic productivity tasks without problems but it definitely does not meet the same features as Dell's low cost E310 system. It is especially disappointing for anyone that hopes to upgrade it as it lacks many of the more advanced ports and slots. At least lest Dell makes up for this by including a newer LCD monitor and a large hard drive.

Pros

  • Includes Flat Panel Monitor
  • Comews with a Large Hard Drive for Its Price Range

Cons

  • Lacks AGP or PCI Express Graphics Slot for Graphics Upgrades
  • Limited Software Package
  • No FireWire Ports for Use with Digital Camcorders and Storage

Description

  • Intel Celeron D 325 (2.53GHz) Processor
  • 512MB PC3200 DDR Memory
  • 160GB 7200rpm ATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • AC'97 Audio with Dell A215 Stereo Speakers
  • Intel Extreme 2 Integrated Graphics with 64MB Shared Memory
  • 17-inch Dell E176FP Analog LCD Monitor
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0 Ports
  • Windows XP Home and Word Perfect 12 Word Processors

Guide Review - Dell Dimension B110

Apr 11 2006 - Dell's new basic desktop computer system, the Dimension B110, is powered by the Intel Celeron D 325 desktop processor. This is not a terribly fast processor when compare to what is offered now on many budget desktops, but it is more than sufficient for productivity software and internet applications that the system is designed for.

It is matched up with 512MB of PC3200 DDR memory that is roughly standard for a budget system.

Storage is quite good for the Dimension B110. The system comes with a 160GB hard drive that should provide more than enough storage for a basic productivity desktop system. It also comes with a 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer burner for creating music, movie or data CDs and DVDs. Unlike other Dimension systems though, it lacks a media card reader for interfacing with digital peripheral memory cards. There are six USB 2.0 ports for use with external peripherals and for those that do want to add additional storage without opening up the system. It does not feature a FireWire port for use with high speed external storage systems or digital camcorders.

Do not expect much in terms of graphics from the Dimension B110. It uses the Intel Extreme 2 integrated graphics that uses 64MB of system memory. 3D performance is such that it cannot even play the most basic of PC games. The system also lacks an AGP or PCI Express graphics card slot for upgrading the video. On the plus side, the system does come standard with a 17-inch flat panel LCD monitor rather than a bulkier CRT.

In order to keep the costs down on the system, Dell has decided to only include the Word Perfect 12 word processing program.

Still, for those on a tight budget that need a complete computer system, the Dimension B110 does provide a decent productivity PC. Of course more and more companies are starting to load more trialware and adware into their systems so this may actually be a benefit.

While affordable, Dell's Dimension E310 does not cost that much more and offers better performance and the ability to be expanded with graphics cards. The difference is that it halves the amount of storage space and comes with a much bulkier 17-inch CRT monitor that takes up a lot of space.